Put on your party hat, Seattle Parks is throwing a month-long bash

Park-and-Rec-Month-2015-290What’s your favorite thing to do in July? Eat popsicles? Take vacation? Stargaze? Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month?! There’s only one correct answer here, folks.

The National Recreation and Park Association has hosted Park and Recreation Month since 1985, and this year, they’re asking people to celebrate it under the theme totally tubular ‘80s. Challenge accepted.

This July we’ll be holding a variety of activities in our parks and community centers, so pick one that sounds rad and we’ll see you there like, fer sure. [Read more…]

Take center stage: Make Music Seattle is happening June 21

MMSGenericLogo2OL.fwThey say all the world’s a stage, and this Sunday that statement rings true. On June 21, for the first time, Seattle will be joining more than 700 cities in a worldwide music celebration called Make Music.

Make Music is a free festival held each year on the summer solstice across the globe where musicians young and old, amateur and professional, of every genre pour into streets, parks and plazas to share their talent with the community. All of the events are free and open to the public. [Read more…]

Your 2015 Seattle Parks Summer Bucket List

Remember when you were a kid and summer meant three months of sleeping in and not knowing which day it was? Blissful. But now you’re older, and people send you meeting requests in July and schedule appointments in August. You’re expected to show up to work even when it’s 80 degrees and sunny. The audacity.

At Seattle Parks and Recreation, we believe that no matter what your age, you deserve to have some summertime fun. We’ve put together a Summer Bucket List that has something for everyone. So get out your day planner, and scribble some of these events in. They’re sure to turn a ho-hum week into a hopping good time. [Read more…]

Seattle Parks’ ‘Big Day of Play’ returns June 28

The Big Day of Play will have boating, fitness and educational activities for the whole family.

The Big Day of Play will have boating, fitness and educational activities for the whole family.

Research shows adults can improve brain function, relieve stress and improve their connection to others by taking part in active play. But, with busy lives being what they are, few people make time for it. Luckily, Seattle Parks and Recreation has dedicated a whole day to play, and the whole family is invited. This year’s annual Big Day of Play takes place June 28.

Mark your calendar from noon – 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, to see what Seattle Parks and other community organizations are offering in the way of fun activities and healthy food. This year’s event will be held at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, 3800 Lake Washington Blvd. S.

Big Day of Play is a great way to get important information about health and wellness, discover unique opportunities to become active, enjoy healthy food and learn how recreation can change your life. Big Day of Play grew out of Parks’ Healthy Parks, Healthy You initiative, which aligns with national efforts such as First Lady Michele Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. [Read more…]

Seattle Japanese Garden celebrates Children’s Day May 31

A child visit Seattle Japanese Garden, photo by Aurora Santiago

A child visit Seattle Japanese Garden, photo by Aurora Santiago

Experience family-fun surrounded by the beautiful scenery at Seattle Japanese Garden on Sunday, May 31, when the garden hosts its annual Children’s Day event.

From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. there will be live entertainment and a variety of hands-on activity stations to give visitors of all ages an opportunity to enjoy Japanese cultural traditions. The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. S. [Read more…]

Loyal Heights says “Aloha” to summer at bouncefest

Get a jumpstart on summer fun at Hawaiian Bouncefest!

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 13, Loyal Heights Community Center will host the Hawaiian Bouncefest. There will be bounce houses, carnival games, face painting and treats. Bright, festive is encouraged.

Carnival tickets can be purchased at the event for 50 cents each, or attendees can buy an unlimited fun wristband for $10.

For more details, call Loyal Heights Community Center (2101 NW 77th St.) at 206-684-4052.

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in Magnuson Park

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Migrate to Magnuson Park on Saturday, May 10, in honor of International Migratory Bird Day. Bring your family to learn about amazing birds that travel thousands of miles each year to Seattle.

There will be guided walks, habitat bingo and other family-friendly activities beginning at 10 a.m. at the Magnuson Community Center, 7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115. Talks will be given by renowned bird experts Idie Ulsh and Dennis Paulson.

International Migratory Bird Day is sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Magnuson Community Center Nature Programs and the Magnuson Environmental Stewardship Alliance.

Sign up for free bird walks and activities by clicking HERE.

Celebrate the opening of Bell Street Park

Join friends and neighbors to celebrate the opening of Bell Street Park on Saturday, April 12, 2-5 p.m. The celebration will be centrally located from 2nd to 3rd Avenue on Bell Street Park, however the new park addition spans Bell Street from 1st through 5th Avenues.

The celebration will be something the whole family and community can enjoy!  The special occasion will include a Lion Dance from Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness brought to you by AquaBar, a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a performance from a local band, The Royal We – playing songs from the past 30 years.  While you take in the performances, play lawn games provided by Target and partake in activities from Metropolitan Improvement District and snack on sweet or savory treats from food truck favorites.

At the opening celebration, be sure to look for the recent addition of public art.  Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts and Cultural selected national recognized artist Sheila Klein. The art aims to be the catalyst for park activation.

Bell Street Park converts one traffic lane and reconfigures parking to create a park like corridor through the heart of Belltown. The four block area was improved with landscaping, better lighting and more open space. The continuous level pavement encourages pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles to share the space. Seattle Parks, SvR + Hewitt and the community worked together to create a plan for the new park while AGR Construction worked to make the project a reality.

Belltown is a unique Seattle neighborhood and one of high density and growth.  Geographically it links other neighborhoods: the waterfront, Pike Place Market, downtown, Seattle Center and the Denny Triangle. It is home to an eclectic mix of businesses, residents and architecture. It is a dedicated, caring, and inclusive community that not only supports, but also embraces more than 30 human services agencies and low-income housing. The project was first proposed in the 1998 Belltown Neighborhood Plan, and has been endorsed by a range of community organizations – including Belltown Housing and Land Use Committee and the Belltown Community Council.

The Parks and Green Spaces Levy provided $5 million to plan, design and construct Bell Street Park.  The artwork is commissioned with Parks and Green Spaces Levy 1% for Art funds.

For more information please click here.


Daddy Daughter Dinner tickets are available now

Tickets are still available for the 22nd annual Daddy Daughter Dinner from 6-10 p.m. this Saturday, March 1, at Ballard Community Center.

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites daddies and daughters to be dazzled during an evening of allusion and grandeur as they whirl and twirl under the Big Top. Activities include dancing, clowning around with crafts, opportunities to test one’s acrobatic skills and a fanciful feast.

This year’s event is sponsored by Ivar’s restaurant. Tickets for daddy plus one daughter are $60, daddy plus two are $70 and daddy plus three are $80.

Register in person, on the phone or online using barcorde #110975. Call 206-684-4093 for more information or click here.

Ballard Community Center is located at 6020 28th Ave. NW in Seattle.

Seattle Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle.


Seattle Parks and Recreation flips flapjacks for fundraiser

Join us for a pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Bitter Lake Community Center from 9 a.m. to noon. Help Seattle Parks and Recreation fundraise for low-income neighbors and community events.

The whole family can enjoy all-you-can-eat flapjacks, along with scrambled eggs, sausage, juice and coffee for just $5 per person. Senior tickets are $4 and children three years old and younger eat for free. Proceeds from the event go to the center’s scholarship fund benefiting families in need by providing them with opportunities to participate in programs and activities throughout the year.

For more information or to volunteer, call the Bitter Lake Community Center at 206-684-7524 or visit the center’s website at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/centers/Bitterlk.htm.

The Bitter Lake Community Center, at 13035 Linden Ave. N, offers a wide array of activities and special events for families.

Seattle Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle.